Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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2018 and Beyond "Fleet delivery is on the horizon," said Vanderborght. "The development program has made great strides in expanding the flight envelope and the coming year will be no different." Since the CH-53K's first flight in 2015, the integrated test team has been pushing through the development schedule, each data point collected to demonstrate and verify the capabilities of the platform and identify technical challenges that arise through discovery. As the flight test program continues, the design of the aircraft is refined, addressing the typical challenges of a new development program. The government-industry team continually identifies, analyzes and finds acceptable and innovative alternatives for deficiencies to continue advancing the test program. Among various planned tests this year, large-scale milestones include aerial refueling, night operations, initial shipboard and high/ hot altitude testing. In addition, the aircraft will lift its heaviest external payload to date, 36,000-pounds. Another key milestone this year will be the aircraft's participation in a logistics demonstration (frequently known as "Log Demo"). The sequence of tests evaluate the platform's supportability; adequacy of maintenance planning; technical publications; logistics data; training and training devices; manpower and personnel integration; test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment; common and unique tools; spares and/or repair parts, according to Defense Acquisition University. The demonstration ensures the Marines have the logistical capability required for the platform and it is a key step to achieving IOC. An aircraft will deliver to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, in spring 2018 for the demonstration. The four Engineering Development Model aircraft and one System Development Test Article aircraft in flight test have logged more than 700 flight test hours to date. Additionally, the Ground Test Vehicle has logged more than 700 test hours. IOC continues on pace for 2019 and is defined as having four aircraft, with combat-ready crews, logistically prepared to deploy. The Marine Corps plans to stand up eight active-duty squadrons, one training squadron, and one reserve squadron to support operational requirements. A CH-53K King Stallion takes off from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, during its first orientation flight. (U.S. Navy photo) APRIL 9 - 11, 2018 Gaylord Naঞonal Convenঞon Center Naঞonal Harbor, MD USA SeaAirSpaceExpo @SeaAirSpace Make plans to join the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Mariঞme 2018 show along with thousands of other senior leaders from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Mariঞme Administraঞon. With over 25 internaঞonal delegaঞons in aendance and over 400 internaঞonal aendees, Sea-Air-Space is your desঞnaঞon for doing business with the global Naval and Mariঞme community! We want to see you at... the Most Important Mariঞme Event in the U.S. For more informaঞon on exhibiঞng contact: Tom Mapes For more informaঞon on sponsorships contact: Sean A. Nodland CH-53K NEXT-GEN VERTICAL HEAVY LIFT 24 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2018

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